The TAF run by Cranfield University alongside the GFIL Fund, is a game-changer for innovators like us, providing critical support for the development of groundbreaking technologies that tackle the pressing challenges posed by the climate emergency. As a company committed to offering eco-friendly and sustainable natural textile dyes, this opportunity was perfect for us to showcase our latest innovations.
The TAF aims to overcome market barriers and facilitate the translation of much-needed solutions by providing technical and business support. For us at SAGES, this meant gaining access to independent technical and industry expertise, along with specialised equipment and facilities. The resources available, including laboratory services, test facilities, and product design resources, have been instrumental in shaping and developing our targeted innovations, perfectly aligned with the needs of our end-user markets.
On the 6th of July, this accelerator culminated in a showcase for each team to present the achievements they had made during the duration of the program.
During the event, I had the privilege of presenting SAGES progress alongside my co-founder Emily. We have completed a thorough literature review on our raw material’s molecular compositions, identifying likely colour-causing pigments and molecular sizes of components. Our dye characterisation has been conducted using EDS, chromatography, and mass spectrometry, enabling us to establish molecular sizes effectively. Additionally, we have developed a UV stabilisation procedure and tested potential UV stabilisers with promising results.
One of the most exciting aspects of the TAF event was the opportunity to interact with fellow innovators, industry experts, and potential partners. The networking sessions were invaluable, and I had the chance to exchange ideas and build connections with inspiring individuals from various sectors. SAGES London is already in talks with several brands and textile mills for potential pilots and collaborations. From leading fashion brands to fellow startups, the interest and support we received have been overwhelming.
I would like to extend my gratitude to Cranfield University for organising this transformative event and giving SAGES London the opportunity to be part of it. The TAF has been instrumental in advancing our mission to revolutionise the textile industry and contribute to a more sustainable future. We are now more determined than ever to take our innovations to the next level and make a significant impact on reducing human impacts on the environment.
Together, we can create a greener, more sustainable world!